HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES
Director of Human Resource Services
CORE TECHNOLOGY STEERING COMMITTEE
The Core Technology Steering Committee continues to meet regularly.
AD HOC QUERY REPORTING
Representation from Human Resources, Payroll, and Finance participated in the “Go To Meeting” online presentation on March 5th and 11th. Security access has been given to the individuals to access this report capability in the SAP/HR Payroll system.
The work on the business plan for the 2008-2009 human resources goals and objectives has been completed. Work will continue on staffing, professional development, health and wellness initiatives and data management improvements.
Preliminary work has started to prepare for 2008-2009 staffing.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES
On February 25th, I attended the "Professional Learning Communities Workshop" in Sydney Mines. This PD opportunity was very informative and well-attended.
CASUAL EMPLOYMENT INTERVIEWS
On February 8th Colleen MacMullin, Edwin Peterson and I interviewed candidates for our casual bus driver list.
NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
On February 25th , I was invited to speak to the Human Services class at the Marconi Campus. Topics covered included inclusion within the classroom, within the school and within the community as well as the role of the teacher assistant within the school setting.
There are several personnel issues involving CUPE employees which we are presently trying to address/resolve.
WORKPLACE EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING
On February 7th, the Workplace Education Committee met. Discussion took place regarding the possible offering of pre-GED training, as well as the GED Program itself, to our CUPE employees.
On March 3rd, the Labour/Management committee met. Several pertinent issues were addressed/discussed.
PRIORITY EMPLOYER PROGRAM
- Meetings with the Occupational Health and Safety JOSH committee and Sharon Johnston to continue verification of the Checklist/survey results with the OH&S Policy and Program.
- Return –to-Work Program: Meetings are held with WCB case managers, principals or supervisors, to develop “Return to Work”plans for injured workers who are ready to return to their previous position or to transitional duties.
- Continued management of accident report files (WCB) for injured workers
- Workers’ Compensation seminar Feb 20, 2008 “Return To Work Issues in Workers’ Compensation in NS” and “Matching Treatment with the Patient to Enhance their Return-to-Work Potential”
- Management of employee absences/attendance data and reports (sick days, etc) generated for both NSTU and CUPE - monthly
- Retired Teachers in Substitute Positions” report done monthly
- Continued work on Attendance Management policy
CAPE BRETON COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP on DRUG ABUSE: (Education and Prevention Working Group.)
The mandate of this committee is to review and identify factors that lead to drug abuse and misuse and to recommend appropriate interventions and education initiatives. I have been invited to participate as a representative of the CBVRSB. The meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY
The bulk of the Occupational Health and Safety budget is earmarked for training. The following is the breakdown of the types of training and the number of participants from April 2007 to date.
a) First Aid Training
Staffs from twenty-five (25) different schools and the Operations Department participated in Emergency First Aid and CPR training. This translates into 425 staff members trained in this discipline.
Kudos to staff members from the following schools who participated in the training: Riverview Rural High, Morrison Jr. High, St. Anne’s Elementary, Adult Day Schools, Shipyard Elementary, Holy Angels High, Brookland Elementary, Coxheath Elementary, Donkin-Morien Complex, Marion Bridge Elementary, St. Agnes Elementary, Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High, George D. Lewis, Cabot, North Highlands, Cape Smokey, Malcolm Munroe Jr. High, Baddeck Academy; St. Joseph’s, S.M., Mira Road Elementary, J.B. Croak, St. Michael’s Jr. High, Cusack Elementary, Sherwood Park and Rankin School of the Narrows.
b) CPR Renewal
Transportation staff members numbering 103, participated in CPR renewal.
c) Operations Department
Besides First aid training, members of the Operations Department (maintenance, custodians, janitors, etc.) participated in training in the following disciplines:
Fall Protection training (68 members)
Transportation of Dangerous Goods (19);
Due Diligence (60)
Asbestos Abatement (11)
Water Quality (9)
Cleaning Staff (184) various topics including:
Reflexology and Stress Relief
Eating Well for Health
“Choices” Today Impact Tomorrow
d) Teacher Assistants (384) various topics including
Non-Violence Crisis Intervention
“Choices” Today Impact Tomorrow
Strategies for Managing Behaviour
Your Pension Plan
e) Bus/Lunch/Grounds Supervisors(125) were in-serviced on the topics of:
Bullying and Dealing with Difficult People